Frequently Asked Questions

Immigrating and settling in Canada
I just arrived in Canada and I don't have any friends. What should I do?

Here are a few tips on how to meet new people:

  • Check out our calendar and participate in our activities and information workshops. You can learn more about life in Canada and meet other newcomers.

    For example, you could take part in our summer community BBQ. Additionally, every year in the fall we organize a Welcome Day event that brings together the entire Francophone community in British Columbia to celebrate its diversity; it is an excellent opportunity to have fun and make new friends!

  • Volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to gain Canadian work experience, obtain references, get involved in your community and create a network for yourself.

    We are always looking for volunteers to support us in various administrative projects or events; write us if you are interested in this opportunity.

    You can also visit to search for volunteering opportunities in your community.

  • Social networks. There are a few very welcoming Facebook communities. This can be a good starting point to get answers to questions about everyday life (where to find the best baguette in town, for example) and maybe participate in group activities.

    For permanent residents: Permanent residents in Vancouver
    For those on a licensed working holiday: PVT in Vancouver, Croûtard's guide
  • Visit your community: places of worship, parks, playgrounds and community/municipal associations are good places to get to know your community and people who are a part of it.